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Food was Amazing - hotel not bad .....from L.UKUk
We dined in the restaurant on a Saturday evening and it was a shame that it was so quiet. The food sounded very fancy on the menu - but the staff were excellent in describing exactly what it was and stressed that the chef would accommodate different requests if preferred. We ordered from the menu, and the food was amazing! It was as good as some of the best restaurants in London - and at a great price too! We would definitely go back to dine there - but may not stay unless the hotel was refurbed. It wouldn't take much - just spruce up the outside, the corridors and the awful balconies.
t believe the websitefrom Squirrel51
The hotel's saving grace is its staff, who were all very helpful and friendly - especially in the restaurant. But, really, someone should put the Trades Description people onto the person who set up that website!
Nice stayfrom L22
great locationfrom perkins99
A little history!from Bouff
When I first knew it it was a Trust House Forte Hotel. That chain was sadly taken over by Granada and things went down hill thereafter, not only in respect of Hotels but also Little Chef roadside restaurants and Travelodge's.
The Lincoln Hotel was originally The Eastgate and then became a Post House which was aimed at business travellers.
This Hotel is now in private ownership. I have noticed over the past few years that refurbishment is being undertaken albeit slowly, presumably as cash flow allows. The somewhat open plan reception, restaurant and lounge area have now been refurbished and I understand the rooms at the front which overlook the cathedral have also been upgraded.
The majority of the bedrooms however are still awaiting a refurb.. These rooms are compact but have almost everything that is needed. Some more information in the rooms about both the Hotel and the City would not come amiss together with just a few more amenities. The bathrooms are somewhat tired but that said they are clean and at least the bath towels are bath towels and not oversized hand towels as are found in some establishments.
The staff could be just a bit friendlier and I was amazed to learn that reception could not provide either a sewing kit or a plaster. This is apparently due to strict interpretation of the ridiculous UK Health & Safety laws.
One thing that has definitely improved in the past couple of years or so is the restaurant. The buffet breakfast is good and adequately staffed. We also enjoyed a very good value and substantial bar meal at lunchtime.
This establishment is very well located although light sleepers should be warned that the Cathedral clock chimes every quarter of an hour from 7 a.m.. All I can say to that is that the cathedral has been there since the 13th century!! The Hotel is adequate and improving slowly.
Terrible Saturday Night Stayfrom ipstraveller
Breakfast and the location near the Cathedral
On arrival notices informing no refreshments after 3pm. Reception said this did not refer to residents but when we tried to order food at 5.30pm initially told nothing available and then reluctantly offered a very limited menu (6 items).
Two large private parties occupied all the public areas of the hotel. No attempt to find alternatives for residents. Load music from parties made sleep impossible before 12.30am.
Party goer activated fire alarm at 2am Sunday morning, 30 minutes spent outside on a very cold windy night. Once back in room fire alarm sounded again around 2.45am.
Apart from notice in reception no apology offered when settling the bill.
Expensive, small rooms in need of freshening up.
we LOVED it here!from retired and travlin
Pretty Decentfrom unspecified
Breakfasts weren't great (limited choice), but the restaurant environment is nice - overlooking the Cathedral (although you're right next to it - calling it a 'view' is a bit of an overstatement).
Location is good for the Cathedral and the old town parts. Bad trek up an enormously steep hill if you want to stray down to the waterfront.
All in all - perfectly adequate, and I see no reason not to stay here again. But it's a big hotel, so not the best place if you're looking for something a bit more personal.
Shockerfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Going Downhillfrom Gail65
The rooms had not changed between visits (a bit shoddy and outdated but a reasonable size and comfortable). Breakfast is good and the breakfast room light and airy. Position is good as well but overall you pay a lot for a disappointing experience. The only problem is that we go at a busy time (we go for motor bike racing but it is August bank holiday weekend and there is also a big concert in the castle) so we will probably end up staying here again if we can't get in anywhere else!
Top Local Tips for Lincoln
getting around always walk everywhere as there are loads of side streets and lovely tea shops!
Ghost walk Spent a week in Lincoln with my girlfriend and the highlight for me was the ghost walk, find out about it in the tourist office beside the castle. The stories are fantastic and the lady who leads the group really instills a sense of fear into you despite the fact your in a large group! I would also recommend a stroll along brayford wharf, there are some nice restaurants and bars there too. If there are any plays on in the theater royale on, take a look, its a beautifully decorated and intimate theater with great acoustics. Take a walk up steep hill, it'll take years off your life, its worth it when you reach the cultural quarter. Take a guided tour of the castle with Horace, a fantastic storyteller. The cathedral is simply awesome, the mere sight of it when your standing close to it is incredible. The artwork and architecture inside is well worth a look at, nice coffee/tea room also.
Good Hotels / Guesthouses Lincoln The Bailhouse and the Tower are excellently located and the staff are great. For business travellers, both have good parking and wi-fi access.
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